GOA head makes appeal for land allocation to Rugby Union
President of the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), K.A. Juman-Yassin, has made a passionate appeal to the Government of Guyana to allocate a plot of land to the Guyana Rugby Football Union to allow the sport to develop its facilities.
The GOA President made the comment on Wednesday when he handed a cheque to the Union which covered the outstanding expenses for the Sevens team participation at the Rugby Americas North (RAN) Championship this weekend in Turks and Caicos.
“At this stage, I call upon the Government of Guyana to ensure that land is given to Guyana Rugby so that they can have a home of their own,” the GOA Head expressed.
“For many years, they have been asking, pleading, begging but it has not materialised; they need it because without that they really cannot do everything they wish to do and being in the National Park it is causing inconvenience maybe to other sports and persons who use that ground,” Juman-Yassin added.
According to the GOA head, the most important aspect is the allocation of the land, and after such, they will make the necessary arrangement to develop the facility.
Senior GRFU Vice-President, Joshua Griffith, indicated that some discussions have occurred, but nothing definitive.
However, he disclosed that the final two practice matches for the Sevens team were contested at their usual ground.
In January, GRFU Executives met with the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr.
President Ryan Dey informed the Minister of the current state of the rugby pitch in the National Park and requested that it be properly fitted to accommodate rugby once again.
In May, the GRFU and Campbellville Community Development Organisation (CCDO) signed a long-term agreement, giving local ruggers access to the Camptown Ground.
“This agreement gives the GRFU an alternate facility to the National Park, the home of Guyana Rugby,” the GRFU stated in a release.